ANC Final Honors
Distinctive respectful photographic memories…
Outstanding photography and the ANC Memorial Book – A tribute to those who have served and a family heirloom…
“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Arlington National Cemetery is the shrine to those who have served to protect and defend the freedoms of the United States of America. From its beginnings during the Civil War until now, the significance of these hallowed grounds grows in importance perpetually… each stone represents a story that is worth telling. Arlington National Cemetery has hundreds of acres of beautifully landscaped grounds – it’s been called “One of the most beautiful places in America”
For those who are permitted to make ANC their final resting place, the final honors ceremony is one to remember. Since 2000, John Michael has personally photographed many of these and produces an ANC Memorial Book which captures the solemnity, the respectfulness and the beauty of the ceremony and is complemented with military information. Printed on archival papers using archival inks, the book is constructed of acid-free materials which will last for the ages. The book becomes a family heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation.
As a photographer, John Michael is often drawn to Arlington National Cemetery even when not photographing a final honors. The peace and serenity while being surrounded by the heroes who served to defend the freedoms of the United States of America, provides a great “studio” to allow John Michael to complement his photographer talents with the books that he is writing. (Images of America – Fort Myer – was published on 13 JUN 2011)
The above video slideshow is an example of some of the impact images captured during a final honors. Music accompanying it is a historic recording of “Nearer My God To Thee” that was recorded on Thomas Edison’s cylinder recording machine. That hymn is often heard during a full honors ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
UPDATE: When the WW I Unknown was laid to rest in 1921 at Arlington National Cemetery, the 100,000 people who were assembled sang “Nearer My God To Thee” after reciting “The Lord’s Prayer”.
In addition to the ANC Memorial Book, photographs captured during the final honors are uploaded to an private gallery that is password protected for the family to view and share with friends.
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